Chow mein-style pork with cabbage, peas and Hokkien noodles

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This dish was a family staple when I was growing up. I've increased the amount of cabbage, made a few tweaks and added the noodles, and now my girls love it, too.

A perfect, speedy family dinner.
A perfect, speedy family dinner. Photo: Marina Oliphant


50ml vegetable oil

350g pork mince

2 pinches five spice

1 large brown onion sliced Chinese style (cut in half lengthways, trimmed and sliced from tip to root)

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

150g fresh ginger (about a 15cm piece) peeled and grated

1/2 cabbage, core removed, finely sliced

250ml hot water

1/2 cup oyster sauce

50ml tamari soy sauce

3 tsp sesame oil

2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

1/2 cup frozen peas

4 spring onions sliced on an angle

2 red bullet chillies, seeds in, chopped

440g packet Hokkien-style noodles, rinsed under hot water

Coriander and finely sliced chilli, to garnish


1. In a large wok-style pan, fry pork mince in oil on very high heat for five minutes until brown, add five spice, onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 5 minutes.

2. Add cabbage and half the hot water and stir. Then add oyster sauce, tamari, sesame oil and sweet chilli sauce and stir, until the cabbage is just softened.

3. Add peas, spring onion and chillies, then add the noodles and stir to combine. Add more water and simmer for 3 minutes. Check seasoning. Serve immediately with coriander and chilli to garnish.

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  • Main Ingredients - Pork, Noodles, Cabbage
  • Cuisine - Chinese
  • Course - Main-course, Dinner
  • Occasion - Family meals, Midweek dinner

5 reviews so far

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I cooked this tonight and it was delicious. Quite a lot of chopping beforehand but so quick to cook and makes enough for 6.
    I thought it quite hot but my partner thought it just right. I would need to make it milder if cooking it for my grandchildren so I would consider cutting down on the ginger to half and Ti just 1 chilli
    Perhaps Karen could advise.

    Date and time
    May 18, 2013, 7:07PM
    • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

      Do you think the pork mince could be replaced with chicken mince? Or would flavours need to be tweaked?

      Date and time
      June 05, 2013, 7:26PM
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A question rather than a review. I'm keen to cook this tomorrow night but am wondering if 150g of ginger is right -- seems a lot. I know I can moderate to taste and love ginger (and its heat) but that's more than I've ever used in one pot so am just checking. My mouth is definitely watering and expecting 4-5 stars.

    Avalon NSW
    Date and time
    November 19, 2015, 8:45PM
    • Good question. We will check this amount is correct and get back to you.

      Good Food
      Date and time
      November 27, 2015, 6:30AM
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

    Delicious! Lovely flavour. Will definitely make again. 5 stars!(Can't get stars to co-operate.)

    Date and time
    December 24, 2015, 10:32AM

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